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7th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion: Access to Affordable Housing in Safe and Inclusive Communities

October 18, 2016 - - Safe and Inclusive Communities

In collaboration with Office for Disability Issues, Employment and Social Development Canada

December 2nd 2016 | Delta Hotel Ottawa City Centre | 8:30am – 4:30pm

Canadians with intellectual disabilities face severe difficulties in meeting basic housing needs – because of lack of affordability, adequacy and suitability. Tens of thousands have what Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation calls ‘core housing need.’ Many cannot afford housing that meets their basic needs. Many live in poverty.

People with intellectual disabilities want a chance to be part of the middle class, just like other Canadians currently living in poverty. Quality and affordable housing is an essential first step, but only if it is integrally linked to enabling access to needed individualized and flexible supports designed to promote safety and inclusion in their local communities.  

The format of the Policy Forum will include a series of panels and group discussions. The panels feature the viewpoints of lived experience from individuals and families, as well as information from research and policy experts in government and community. 

Panel 1: Housing Challenges: Personal Experience and National Scope

Panel 2: Federal Policy Framework and Initiatives

Panel 3: Innovative Approaches: Leveraging capital assets for affordable housing and social inclusion

Panel 4: Partnerships for Inclusive Housing and Community Development

Registration Required
Seating is limited; please register online to reserve your space. 
Online registration:

This is a free event. The Policy Forum will be held in English; slide presentations will be available in both French and English.